GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After reporting a 6% drop third third-quarter sales on Wednesday, Spartan Stores here told analysts in a conference call Thursday that comps could fall another 2%, to -8%, in the fourth fiscal quarter. By sometime in the company’s next fiscal year, however, which begins at the end of next moth, Spartan said it expects sales and earnings to improve. “I believe there are good reasons to be optimistic as more favorable business trends begin to develop late in fiscal ...

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